dog*tec’s Dog Walking Academy Heads to New York

dogtec.orgAfter establishing a successful dog walker’s certification program in San Francisco, it was only a matter of time before we exported it to New York, the East Coast hub of professional dog walking. We held the first Dog Walking Academy in California in 2003. Since then we’ve graduated four classes a year, with a long waiting list for each section the last several years. We’ve had students travel from all over the East Coast to attend, as well as from other countries—New Zealand, Switzerland, Canada, Spain, to name some.

In 2010 we added classes in New Hampshire, New Jersey, and just outside Washington, D.C. to lighten the travel for East Coast dog pros. We’ve now found a terrific location in Hudson, NY, a lovely resort area a couple hours’ drive from New York City. Denise Mazzola, our East Coast DWA instructor, is excited to address the particular challenges of urban dog walking, New York-style.

The Dog Walking Academy is a comprehensive professional dog walking certification program aimed at anyone wanting to start a successful dog walking business, and established dog walkers wanting to see their businesses grow or learn to solve dog-related problems.

We cover technical subjects like canine body language, pack composition and management for on and off leash groups, dog screening, how to handle and prevent aggression, leash handling and walking tips, teaching critical obedience such as coming when called, First Aid certification, etc. And we give attendees a solid understanding of the small business practices and creative approaches to marketing necessary for long-term financial stability and success.

The new Hudson, NY program will be taught by Denise Mazzola. Denise served for 10 years as the Head Trainer and Director of Business for the Monadnock Canine Academy where she designed and taught a 6-day program for beginning dog trainers. She now dedicates herself to helping career changers become dog trainers and dog walkers, and to helping established dog pros get more from their businesses and careers with dogs.

The first New York Dog Walking Academy takes place March 18-20.

For more information or to sign up for the Dog Walking Academy, visit